Being successful means different things to different people. To some, success means having the most money, or having the biggest this and the newest this. Others see success as living well and seeing those around them live well too. Whichever way you see success there are certain things that are necessary to achieve it. One of the most important necessities for success is knowing people. But getting people to like and trust you takes some special qualities.
If you want to be successful, make other people successful. Share your knowledge and resources with friends and associates. Providing value to other people will increase your own value. Living this way will provide a lifetime of support from those around you and add to your success.
To be successful it takes hard work. You must always try to give more than you get. Always think about other people. It is this quality that will make people want to connect with you. Generosity will always be returned in greater amounts than what you give out. By the same token, one should not expect anything in return for your generosity.
For some it comes easier than for other, but you must be specific about what you want. Only by being specific about what you want will you be able to develop a strategy on how to accomplish it.
Start early building your network. Building your community of associates and friends before you need anything form them will make doing business with them more of a pleasure for all parties involved. You don’t have to do business with all your network, but it is the network that will bring the business to you.
Above all, respect people and be honest. People can see through insincerity. Building your personal network will bring you the success you desire if you always live by the golden rule. Treat people as you would like to be treated.